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  • GOLD ...Japan, European Union, the U.S. ...emerging mkts... where WE'RE HEADED...
    ...Japan...here's reality...
     
    Japan will also have to "print money" just like the U.S. and Europe...
     
    1.  the Japanese gov needs a "cheap yen"  to jump-start their "export economy"...which has greatly suffered due to the "yen" ERRONEOUSLY being perceived, mostly historically, as a "safe haven" currency...THIS IS OVER...
     
    THE YEN is a bad play...which was viewed as a "safe haven" play, mainly, because the Japanese Banks are in much better shape then those in Europe and the U.S. (because they don't have nearly as much "bad real estate paper" on their balance sheets)...also, because the Japanese are seen as having "more integrity" by those in power/banking/politics than their counterparts in Europe and the U.S.
     
    a.  Japan is "very dependent" on "the price of oil" ...unlike the U.S. and Europe ...they have to import nearly 100%...and the "price of oil" ...their mfr expenses will continue to rise in a "world economy recovery mode..." putting further "downward pressure on the yen" and the Japanese economy...
     
    b.  the Japanese themselves, "want the yen" to go down for export reasons... so they will increasingly  employ measures to make this happen...mostly "yen dilution printing..."
     
    c.  the Japanese have an aging population... they historically take good care of their people... but increasingly chase "cheap labor" offshore, and therefore, increasingly do "offshore mfr" because of this... but that results in increased "unemployment for Japanese citizens in Japan"....so they WILL HAVE TO SUPPORT their own people...the situation is similar to the U.S. ...where we exported many jobs overseas, by our multinationals chasing "cheap labor" around the globe...and NOW we have "huge numbers of unemployed" ...who will REMAIN unemployed...because you can't bring those jobs (that these unemployed are only qualified to do)...BACK!"  
     
    So, like in the U.S. ...unemployment benefits and social programs WILL INCREASINGLY have to be funded "at gov printing money expense" to TAKE CARE OF AN INCREASING POPULATION ...of "permanently" unemployable citizens...this applies to the U.S. also...LESS SO IN EUROPE...because they don't IMPORT anywhere  near as much as the U.S. ...there are limits on the amount of Toyotas, for example, imported into Europe, but look at the amounts imported or "manufacture here" in the U.S.  
     
    ...SO THE EURO will DO LOTS BETTER against the DOLLAR... somewhat because of that...and also because of... EUROPE CENTRAL BANK FUNDING backstopping ... which looks INCREASINGLY likely 
     
    ...the last impediment for the EURO getting stabilized ...is Merkel's austerity/control demands ...which LOOK LIKELY SHE WILL GET "SOME OF THAT"...also, Germany will NOT LET THE EURO COLLAPSE...so it is STILL THE BEST BET...
     
    (china juan/renminbi would be a great play...but THE CHINESE... to protect their export mkt...will not let it rise...) so there is no good currency play there...)
     
    d.  JAPAN also SITs ON THE RING OF FIRE... more severe earthquakes likely...and the disruptions will exert huge downward pressure on the yen...because mfr on their "island" will be disrupted, plus gov expenditures for "disaster relief," etc....(we have Calif and the midwest...but OUR WHOLE COUNTRY IS NOT AT RISK if earthquakes get nasty...Japan could LOSE IT ALL, etc.
     
    e.  Fukushima... is "far worse" than they let on...so even with "no further" natural disaster stuff... the Japanese are going to have increasing difficult and very expensive government spending to cover THE COSTS OF THAT... which is still ongoing...but only de-emphasized and downplayed  by their gov
     
    so those are some of the "main reasons" why the YEN is increasingly a POOR SAFE HAVEN PLAY...
     
    EURO still looks best to me...but Euro/Yen/Dollar ALL WEAKEN against EMERGING MARKET CURRENCIES...mainly due to "massive inflationary printing" in U.S./EU/Japan...where WE KNOW LONGER PRODUCE MUCH (except for our overseas multinationals ...like IBM, Caterpillar, YUM, etc.
     
    the "emerging mkts"  essentially don't "have to print money" to  SUPPORT/BACKSTOP INCREASINGLY UNPRODUCTIVE DOMESTIC POPULATIONS"
     
    so...both the Euro and Dollar ...though classically on a "seesaw" versus one another matter less ...SINCE NOW... THE WHOLE SEESAW, they are juxtaposed on,  is "going down increasingly" against a "basket of emerging mkt currencies"
     
    SO:  DOLLAR DOWN...EURO DOWN (though less than dollar)...and YEN down, too...
     
    that's about it IN REALITY...
     
    FLASHROB
     
    PS..."GOLD" IS THE "BEST BET" in ALL this THAT IS UNFOLDING/HAPPENING...


    Disclosure: I am long GOLD.
    Tags: GLD
    Dec 05 6:50 AM | Link | Comment!
  • a few "signals" that the S&P500 is about to "decline!" ...AND THE REST OF THE MKTS, TOO!!!
    1.  first two weeks of being lower...THIS YEAR FOR THE S&P500...

    2.  Vix goes below 16... cboe writer indicates "this is a mkt top signal" just before a sharp decline....

    3.  S&P near "all time high" not much ceiling left, if any... Time to take profits??? ...and get out before a potential sell-off... to me, why stay in a "risky" position "without much upward potential" when "many signals" showing a potential sharp correction...

    4.  QE-2 (quantitative easing) wherein the Fed has largely "indirectly funded" the rise in the stock-mkt since Mar09... you didn't think THESE COMPANIES WERE REALLY DOING SO GREAT, DID YOU!  (they merely downsized - they weren't selling and growing with the declining consumer)...just riding the Fed's "pump up in the mkts" since the Gov couldn't fix jobs/housing, etc.

    under the QE-1/2... the Fed essentially "prints money" buys U.S. treasuries, the Gov loans the money to big banks overnight... the banks DON'T LOAN OUT THE MONEY...but buy equities... driving up the stock mkts...

    has been a "sweet ride" for investors... but "STILL A LOSER"...WHY???...
    ...the INFLATION that is hitting "Joe-average guy" with REAL INFLATION UP ABOUT 30% THIS YEAR...(and probably worse next year) for FOOD AND GAS -not like Bernanke's "phoney core index inflation rise" of only .1 percent ...IS HE DREAMING - IT'S ALL OVER "FOX NEWS" ABOUT THE CONSUMER...
    WELL, ASK YOURSELF THIS ...you rode the runup in the S&P500... BUT HOW MUCH ARE YOU AHEAD IN A YEAR ...WHEN YOU FACTOR IN "REAL INFLATION"...unless you made over 30%... "YOU LOST MONEY!!!"

    ...the SMART MONEY has been in the RUN-UP IN COMMODITIES...gold, oil, silver, food...they keep pace and "than some" WITH BERNANKES MONEY-PRINTING INFLATION... OIL WILL STILL KEEP GOING UP... has nothing to do with supply and demand (there's a glut) ...IT IS GOING UP almost ONLY BECAUSE the Arabs aren't stupid ...THEY RAISE THE PRICE OF OIL to the same extent BERNANKE DEVALUES THE DOLLAR BY PRINTING MONEY...(smart people put their money in "hard durable commodities" when THEY KNOW GOVS ARE AT THE PRINTING PRESSES...

    SO THE S&P500 is a LOSER even when it's STEADILY RISING...get it!
    ...you should be in commodities like oil and GOLD... notice GOLD went UP over TEN DOLLARS on this past Friday alone...why?... the smart money IS GETTING SCARED of the economic situation...THE REAL ECONOMIC SITUATION ...which is on the EDGE OF A PRECIPICE...so they are going to HARD COMMODITIES!

    Now, that Judge Napolitano on FoxBizNews no less, has "let the cat out of the bag" about Bernanke's phony inflation scam ...AND THE PUBLIC IS WISING UP TO THIS SCAM TO PROTECT THE ASSETS OF INVESTORS IN THE STOCK MKTS while they PAY THE PRICE at the gas pump and in the supermkt...well, the POLITICAL PRESSURE WILL BE IMMENSE for "NO MORE FED PRINTING MONEY" and maybe even TERMINATING QE-2 well before summer, like even this month...see link below....

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/263845-key-market-movers-earnings-eu-and-qe2
     

    so, when QE-2 subsides (coming soon...and that's ALL THAT'S HOLDING THIS MKT UP...) ...THEN "DOWN WE GO...SHARPLY!" ... because with "poor earnings" for many more companies then last quarter...and the CONSUMER being POUNDED BY "EVER INCREASING "REAL INFLATION" (food and energy)...well HE WON'T BE IN A POSITION to PURCHASE ALL THAT "HIGHER PRICED" STUFF IN THE STORES... so earnings for quarters to come WILL BE WORSE...and then, EVEN WORSE...

    SO, WATCH THE "DOWNDRAFT" IN MKT ACTION (I think the smart money in the S&P already is moving...that's why were slightly down for the last two weeks for the first time this year..."IT'S IN THE AIR FOLKS!"  ..."DOWNTIME!"

    FLASHROB




    Tags: SPY
    Apr 17 5:25 PM | Link | Comment!
  • are there more costly stringent inspections on the way for SW ???
    LUV...make of it what you will...but I smell more and probably frequent "COSTLY" STRINGENT INSPECTIONS 
    for Southwest...

    like NEW MORE RIGOROUS SAFETY STANDARDS....
     
     
    like once the "gov" gets "on your case"...
    it's like the IRS ...get "audited" once...
     
    ...and THEY KEEP YOU IN THEIR "SIGHTS!"
     
    (it's like a political thing... they "gotta" show "they're doing something," especially with so much of the gov/pols doing "little else to help" with the rest of our problems...
     
    flashrob 
    Tags: LUV
    Apr 06 5:33 PM | Link | Comment!
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